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Good for Scratching

15 Oct

Onyx really seems not to mind having the horn apparatus.

Onyx

She hasn’t gotten stuck in pasture since I put it on.

Onyx (with Tish and Poppy in front)

And, she seems to have found a good use for it.

It makes it much easier to scratch her back side.

New Milkers

5 Oct

After selling the four boys, I had Joy and Aphrodite that I thought about milking.  I tried them both.

Aphrodite’s perfect udder

Did you bring me a peanut or any food?

Joy was first.  A couple days before I sold the kids, she started coming to the milk room with her mom. I think the MGIT (Milk Goat In Training) program worked!

Joy

I let her in and trimmed hooves, and she was happy to come in after Seven was gone because she likes sweet feed.

Milking was a bit different though.  She squatted and crouched down, and I could hardly reach my hands under to her udder. She was determined she was going to eat, but she was not about to pick her back end up and stand.

already doing better the second day

Poor girl.  I laughed at her.  I couldn’t help it.  She did let me milk though.  She doesn’t have much milk (Seven was almost five months old), but this is about training for next year.  I’m guessing she’ll be fine once she gets used to it, and she will be the fourth generation of milking does in that line.

three generations coming to get milked: Zinnia, Joy, and retired Haley

Aphrodite was a different story.  I had to drag her to the milk room.

feet planted as we walked from pasture

She does not like to be led at all.  I tell you, I was huffing and puffing by the time we got to the milk room.

Dropping to the ground and refusing to stand up

Once we were in there, she danced for a minute and then she didn’t care too much.  That’s the way I like it.  She hadn’t even participated in the MGIT program.

I’m also thinking I might need to quit milking Cinnamon because I’m not getting hardly any milk from her.

Cinnamon is about done

But she does like coming in to eat.

Helping Each Other

29 Sep

Onyx enjoys it when I help her out by giving her butt scrubbies.  It’s hard to reach back there with your little horns; although, they are growing.

Onyx

I’m happy to help her out.

In exchange, she pointed out to me that we left a little bit of wire out there when we took the old fence out.

Okay, she might have been scratching her nose with it,

but I did get it picked up.  I’ll credit her with the assist.  A couple of days later though, I really had to help her. She didn’t come up from pasture.  I went around the fence.

I didn’t find her.  I checked the herd to make sure I hadn’t missed her.  I checked the buildings.  Then I headed back to pasture.  There was one section I didn’t walk closely because I could see it from a distance.

I figured I must have missed her there.  When I got to the corner on the pasture, I called to her.

I heard a faint answer.  I headed towards where it came from, but when I got there, I couldn’t see her in the fence.

I called again.  I looked, and then I noticed her.

She was in the middle of the old roll of wire with her head stuck through a square inside it. I had to squeeze in beside her in order to get her head out.

Are you kidding me????????  We came back up to the barnyard, and when it was getting dark, she was still at the edge of the barnyard.  I went out, and she was stuck in the fence again!

Ruby, Onyx, and Victoria

Seriously?????????????  Now she has a horn apparatus.

And she owes me big time.